Air force jet crashes in Orissa

Mayurbhanj: IAF fighter plane, A-3492, crashed in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district — 350 km from Bhubaneswar, on Wednesday. Two pilots, who ejected off the plane, were reported to be safe.

There were no reports of any civilian casualties or loss of property since fighter plane crashed in a paddy field about 200 metres from human habitation around noon,. The incident took place at Kudarsahi village under Bisoi police station limit in Mayurbhanj district.

The IAF fighter plane was completely gutted in fire. “We had sent fire tenders to the spot. The fire that caught crashed fighter plane had been extinguished. Two pilots were safe. They have been given primary treatment at local hospital,” said Asit Panigrahi, Inspector General (Eastern Range).

Panigrahi said IAF authorities had been informed about the incident through proper channel. One of the pilots suffered injuries on his face. Local police sources said the pilot was probably hit by an object while making his landing by parachute.

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